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Emmit Rensin, Vox, April 21, 2016: The smug style in American liberalism
Emmit Rensin wrote a pretty good article that, in some sense, describes me. Resin presents an argument that liberals like me have an "attitude" so to speak against those who just "don't know" but are unmovable in their beliefs. He uses the expression Knowing to describe us, and cites examples like Kim Davis whose actions just seemed so disdainful to us.
I plead guilty if that is what he calls liberalism. But liberalism itself is an elusive term subject to varying degrees of certitude depending on the issue. The true liberal on all issues is probably an ideologue. However, with respect to people like Sarah Palin and Kim Davis, Rensin might describe my attitude towards them as a "smug style". Perhaps so, but maybe even more than smug...just outright contempt. I will agree, nevertheless, with one of his concluding paragraphs:
"This, I think, is fundamental to understanding the smug style. If good politics and good beliefs are just Good Facts and good tweets — that is, if there is no ideology beyond sensible conclusions drawn from a rational assessment of the world — then there are no moral fights, only lying liars and the stupid rubes who believe them."
I added the bolding. Anyway, I found the article interesting...